Early in my management career I made a dubious choice for chief of a newly established budget branch. It was a disaster. The chief became known as Houdini for the ways he made money disappear and reappear. My crusty old advisor and senior boss told me, “You can’t make an accountant out of a longshoreman.” He was right. This was a variation of another x-rated expression we’ve heard. Something about chicken salad.
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